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This screenshot from the Pasco County website show the new interactive flood maps which are now available.

NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County Flood Management is encouraging property owners to use its new interactive online tool to find out how the proposed flood hazard data contained in the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps could impact their property. The new Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps will go into effect June 5.

The maps identify flood hazards throughout the county and help determine flood insurance rates. The maps can be accessed by going to the website at bit.ly/Pasco/FIRMs.

County officials encourage property owners to contact their insurance agent to determine of the new maps affect their flood insurance premiums.

It is strongly recommended that all new construction and substantial improvements meet the higher Base Flood Elevation shown on the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map and Flood Insurance Study Report if applicable.

To learn more about FEMA’s Preliminary Flood Hazard Data, visit the website at bit.ly/FloodHazardData.

To visit the Pasco County Flood Plain Management, visit the county’s website at bit.ly/PascoFloodProgram.